PAT MARTINO

Post Bop / Fusion / Soul Jazz • United States
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Born Pat Azzara in Philadelphia in 1944, Pat was first exposed to jazz through his father, Carmen "Mickey" Azzara, who sang in local clubs and briefly studied guitar with Eddie Lang. He took Pat to all the city's hot-spots to hear and meet Wes Montgomery and other musical giants. "I have always admired my father and have wanted to impress him. As a result, it forced me to get serious with my creative powers."

He began playing guitar when he was twelve years old. and left school in tenth grade to devote himself to music. During Visits to his music teacher Dennis Sandole, Pat often ran into another gifted student, John Coltrane, who would treat the youngster to hot chocolate as they talked about music.

Besides first-hand encounters with `Trane and Montgomery, whose album Grooveyard had "an enormous influence" on Martino, he also cites Johnny Smith, a Stan Getz associate,
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PAT MARTINO El Hombre album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
El Hombre
Post Bop 1967
PAT MARTINO Strings! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Strings!
Post Bop 1968
PAT MARTINO Baiyina: The Clear Evidence album cover 3.59 | 2 ratings
Baiyina: The Clear Evidence
Fusion 1968
PAT MARTINO East! album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
East!
Post Bop 1968
PAT MARTINO Desperado album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Desperado
Post Bop 1970
PAT MARTINO The Visit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Visit
Post Bop 1972
PAT MARTINO Consciousness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Consciousness
Post Bop 1974
PAT MARTINO Footprints album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Footprints
Post Bop 1975
PAT MARTINO Starbright album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Starbright
Post Bop 1976
PAT MARTINO Joyous Lake album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joyous Lake
Fusion 1976
PAT MARTINO We'll Be Together Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We'll Be Together Again
Post Bop 1976
PAT MARTINO Exit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Exit
Post Bop 1977
PAT MARTINO Interchange album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Interchange
Post Bop 1994
PAT MARTINO The Maker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Maker
Post Bop 1995
PAT MARTINO Nightwings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nightwings
Post Bop 1996
PAT MARTINO All Sides Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Sides Now
Fusion 1997
PAT MARTINO Stone Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stone Blue
Post Bop 1998
PAT MARTINO Firedance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Firedance
Fusion 1998
PAT MARTINO Seven Sketches album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Seven Sketches
Post Bop 1998
PAT MARTINO Think Thank album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Think Thank
Post Bop 2003
PAT MARTINO Timeless album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Timeless
Post Bop 2003
PAT MARTINO Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery
Post Bop 2006
PAT MARTINO Alone Together album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alone Together
Post Bop 2012
PAT MARTINO Formidable album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Formidable
Soul Jazz 2017

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PAT MARTINO live albums

PAT MARTINO Live! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live!
Post Bop 1972
PAT MARTINO The Return album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Return
Post Bop 1987
PAT MARTINO Live at Yoshi's album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Live at Yoshi's
Post Bop 2001
PAT MARTINO Undeniable: Live At Blues Alley album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Undeniable: Live At Blues Alley
Post Bop 2011
PAT MARTINO Nexus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nexus
Post Bop 2015

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PAT MARTINO Cream album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cream
Post Bop 1997
PAT MARTINO Head And Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Head And Heart
Hard Bop 1998
PAT MARTINO First Light album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Light
Post Bop 1999
PAT MARTINO Mission Accomplished album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mission Accomplished
Post Bop 1999
PAT MARTINO Pat Martino Plays Standards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pat Martino Plays Standards
Post Bop 1999
PAT MARTINO Starbright - Joyous Lake album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Starbright - Joyous Lake
Post Bop 2006

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PAT MARTINO Baiyina: The Clear Evidence

Album · 1968 · Fusion
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Sean Trane
Martino’s third album on the Prestige label is probably his first major contribution to modal indo-jazz fusion as a guitarist, though the Indian-born John Mayer was a also contemporary and working with Joe Harriott in London. Though electric guitar in jazz was not exactly new (I can think of Belgian René Thomas), Martino is contemporary to Wes Montgomery and earlier than George Benson, let alone the McLaughlin or Coryell. Recorded over a single day at the beginning of the NY summer of 68, Baiyina is thought to be “a psychedelic excursion though the magical mysteries of the Koran”, whatever that means, but it sports the subtitles The Clear Evidence, which might not be obvious to everyone at first hear.

So the album is a typical fusion product of its time, and even if the word “psychedelic” is more associated with rock music, its jazz equivalent might just sound like the present album, mainly due to the transient presence of tamboura and tabla drums. The Indian music part of this album is more to do the spiritual side of things and complexities of the music (both in scales and time signatures), rather than drug use usually associated with psychedelics.

Clearly, Baiyina is a groundbreaking foray in Indo-jazz fusion, and maybe even one of the precursors in the territory.

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